Surging Northwestern Upends No. 15 Indiana, 84-83

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Northwest guard Boo Buie (0) drives to the basket while being heeded by Indiana guard Jalen Hood-Schifino (1) and forward Trayce Jackson-Davis (right ) is defended in Bloomington, Indiana (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler)

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Boo Buie scored 26 points and Northwestern defeated No. 15 Indiana 84-83 on Sunday for their second road win over a ranked opponent this season.

The Wildcats (12-3, 3-1 Big Ten), who batted the No. 1 at the time. 20 Michigan State 70-63 on December 4 have won seven of eight games.

“It just shows our toughness,” said Buie, who made 10 of 18 shots. “We have only one goal this year, win more games than we lose, and we’re just trying to get to the NCAA tournament.”

Chase Audige had 19 points and eight assists for the Wildcats. Robbie Beran and Ty Berry each added 13 points.

“We have a lot of heart,” said Northwestern coach Chris Collins. “We’re far from perfect, we have a lot of limitations, but our guys are really fighting. They really fight. And there is strength in having a group together.”

Indiana (10-5, 1-3) has lost four of six.

Freshman Jalen Hood-Schifino led the Hoosiers with a career-best 33 points in 12-of-17 shooting, including five 3s. Trayce Jackson-Davis had 18 points, a career-high 24 rebounds and eight assists.

Hood-Schifino’s 33 points is the most for an Indiana freshman since Eric Gordon in 2007.

“Obviously he’s one of our best players,” Jackson-Davis said. “We need him to do plays and he has done that. He took one big shot after another. Props to him because he really helped get the team back on track when we needed to score.”

Indiana’s coach Mike Woodson said his team has been overwhelmed in the last two losses.

“It’s my job to get them to play harder,” Woodson said. “And that could cure a lot of problems if you’re struggling.”

Indiana had 16 turnovers, nine more than Northwestern, and the visitors enjoyed a 25-6 scoring advantage over turnovers.

“Our ability to take 25 points less turnover was a tremendous value to the game,” Collins said. “They weren’t able to get their defense set and we were able to attack in transition and get some easy (hoops).”

Northwestern hit 10 of their first 14 shots to take the early lead, led by as much as 17 points in the first half and relied on their superior depth to stay double digits ahead in the second half until the closing minutes.

“We come into these atmospheres, ready to go, right off the jump, and throw the first shot,” Buie said.

BIG PICTURE

Northwest: After five straight losing seasons, the Wildcats have brought back four starters for the third straight year and appear poised to make the NCAA tournament. Collins’ team is worth ranking for.

Indiana: Hood-Schifino was an excellent alternate for injured senior Xavier Johnson, but the Hoosiers are without senior Race Thompson, who sustained a knee injury in the previous game and, like Johnson, is out indefinitely. Jackson-Davis and Hood-Schifino need more help from others.

NEXT

Northwest: Hosts Rutgers on Wednesday.

Indiana: Visit Penn State on Wednesday.

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This story was originally published Jan 8, 2023 11:23 am.

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